Microsoft's Beam has been renamed Mixer, Gets New Features

Beam has undergone a name change to Mixer and now features co-streaming with multiple friends.

May 25, 2017

Microsoft has announced that their streaming platform Beam has been renamed and received a number of new features. Beginning today, its name is Mixer.

Co-founder Matt Salsamendi commented on the name change by saying:

We believe so much in the power of the platform and want to grow it in every major market around the world.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t something we could do with the Beam name.  We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service….how it brings people together.

One of the new features included with Mixer is co-streaming. Once you launch the app, you will be able to invite a friend to stream with you and broadcast both the streams on a single screen. A total of four streams can be combined into a single Mixer page and still maintain the same latency free broadcasting that Beam was known for.

Mobile broadcasting is being added to Android and iOS devices as well. The app is called Mixer Create and is in beta beginning today. Once the device goes live, you will be able to broadcast mobile games directly from your device.

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Similar to your old high school homeroom, Mixer will have an always on news channel called Channel One. This will cover upcoming Mixer events and details such as esports updates. The app is available on the Xbox One Guide bar and simply replaces the Beam one that was there. All those who sign up for the service will get to watch the Xbox E3 conference in full 4K HD for those with an able setup as well as receive special rewards issued during the stream.

Mixer aims to bring the gaming together community in a way never before seen, and celebration streams will be taking place throughout the day today at various Microsoft stores. There will be a number of streams and giveaways today, which you can all see on the Mixer website. A graphic of the times can also be seen below.

Mixer is a free service, and is available now on your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

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